With No. 3 hitter
Next to Trout, Calhoun has been the team’s best hitter, entering Saturday’s game against the
And if the offense continues to struggle, Scioscia said he would consider keeping Calhoun in the middle of the order even after Pujols returns.
"As you take one guy out of his comfort zone, you have to be pretty sure you're replacing him with somebody you hope is able to do a job," Scioscia said. "If the whole lineup makes more sense with Kole out of the leadoff position, we'll do it, but I don't know if we're at that point right now."
One reason Scioscia likes Calhoun hitting in front of Trout is he gets better pitches to hit. Calhoun may be only 5-foot-9, but he's 200 pounds and strong, with legitimate power, as he showed when he hit 17 homers last season.